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Greater Expectations

The United States is in the midst of a huge education reform. The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations for what students should learn each year in school. The standards have been adopted by most states, though there's plenty of controversy about them among activists and politicians. Most teachers, however, actually like the standards. This American RadioWorks documentary takes listeners into classrooms to explore how the standards are changing teaching and learning. Teachers say Common Core has the potential to help kids who are behind, as well as those who are ahead. But many teachers have big concerns about the Common Core tests. The new, tougher tests are meant to let the nation know how kids are really doing in school -- but bad scores could get teachers and principals fired.

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Students in Kentucky taking a Common Core math test. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Greater Expectations

The United States is in the midst of a huge education reform. The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations for what students should learn each year in school. The standards have been adopted by most states, though there's plenty of controversy about them among activists and politicians. Most teachers, however, actually like the standards. This American RadioWorks documentary takes listeners into classrooms to explore how the standards are changing teaching and learning. Teachers say Common Core has the potential to help kids who are behind, as well as those who are ahead. But many teachers have big concerns about the Common Core tests. The new, tougher tests are meant to let the nation know how kids are really doing in school -- but bad scores could get teachers and principals fired.

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CLEMENT, BOB, Democratic Party
Tennessee

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $18,307.94

Average cost per trip - $2,034.22
Total number of days spent traveling - 22 days
Rank of representative - 322 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Amtrak
Dates - December 19, 2001 - December 20, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Nashville, TN

Purpose - Rail inspection trip
Notes - Spouse Mary Clement accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,095.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $70.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,165.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Dates - February 22, 2001 - February 23, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Flagstaff, AZ

Purpose - Association of American Railroads Legislative Conference
Notes - Spouse Mary Clement accompanied

Travel Cost - $4,641.36
Lodging Cost - $656.00
Meal Cost - $114.78
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,412.14

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - July 5, 2001 - July 9, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Jackson Hole, WY

Purpose - Legislative conference
Notes - Spouse Mary Clement accompanied. Other costs are for car rental. 7/5 date at personal expense

Travel Cost - $921.00
Lodging Cost - $720.00
Meal Cost - $480.00
Other Cost - $300.00
Total Cost - $2,421.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Recording Industry Association of America
Dates - April 26, 2001 - April 26, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Nashville, TN

Purpose - Informational trip
Notes - Spouse Mary Clement accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,350.00
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,750.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Amtrak
Dates - October 18, 2001 - October 19, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Congressional travel to visit Ground Zero
Notes -

Travel Cost - $269.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $269.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Amtrak
Dates - July 13, 2001 - July 13, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Rail inspection trip
Notes - Spouse Mary Clement accompanied

Travel Cost - $286.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $286.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - February 23, 2001 - February 25, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - Legislative conference
Notes - Spouse Mary Clement accompanied. Other costs are for transportation to airport

Travel Cost - $2,065.50
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost - $430.00
Other Cost - $125.00
Total Cost - $3,370.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 10, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Spouse Mary Clement accompanied

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $475.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $475.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - January 18, 2002 - January 21, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Legislative Conference
Notes - spouse Mary Clement -- 10 days at personal expense-- other includes rental car

Travel Cost - $1,062.00
Lodging Cost - $1,140.00
Meal Cost - $830.00
Other Cost - $126.80
Total Cost - $3,158.80

Additional family members - Yes

American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
Students in Kentucky taking a Common Core math test. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Greater Expectations

The United States is in the midst of a huge education reform. The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations for what students should learn each year in school. The standards have been adopted by most states, though there's plenty of controversy about them among activists and politicians. Most teachers, however, actually like the standards. This American RadioWorks documentary takes listeners into classrooms to explore how the standards are changing teaching and learning. Teachers say Common Core has the potential to help kids who are behind, as well as those who are ahead. But many teachers have big concerns about the Common Core tests. The new, tougher tests are meant to let the nation know how kids are really doing in school -- but bad scores could get teachers and principals fired.

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    Greater Expectations transcript

  • 08.28.14

    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

    New York teacher Kevin Glynn was once a big fan of the Common Core, but he says the standardized testing that's come along with it is reducing students to test scores and narrowing what gets taught in schools.
  • 08.28.14

    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

    New Common Core tests are supposed to measure students' ability to think critically, analyze information, and cite evidence as well as test their conceptual understanding of mathematics and their ability to apply math to the real world. See how you'd do on a Common Core test.
  • 08.28.14

    Questioning the Common Core tests

    In the United States, education standards come with tests. Most students haven't been tested on the Common Core yet. But in one state where they have, the controversy is so intense that it's threatening to bring down the Common Core altogether.